Top 10 difficult wine names

German… anything German

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This had the most entries with many people despairing over the wine categories: Auslese, Spätlese, Beerenauslese – and heavens, Trockenbeerenauslese – as well as the names of the grapes themselves: Müller-Thurgau, Spätburgunder and of course, the oft-mispronounced, Gewürztraminer.

How to pronounce:

Auslese – ouse-lay-seh with emphasis on the ‘ouse’.

Spätlese – shpate-lay-seh – from our WSET revision, ‘Spät’ rhymes with ‘late’ for late harvest…

Beerenauslese – beeran-ouse-ley-seh with emphasis on ‘beer’ – everyone can remember ‘beer’. Beerenauslese is also known as BA to make it easier.

Trockenbeerenauslese – trocken-beeran-ouse-ley-seh – easy! But like Beerenauslese, it is often shortened to TBA

Müller-Thurgau – moo-lair-toor-gow with emphasis on ‘moo’ and ‘toor’.

Spätburgunder –  shpate-berg-under – fun fact: it’s the German equivalent to Pinot Noir.

Gewürztraminer – geh-vairtz-trah-mee-ner with the emphasis on ‘vairtz’.

Now that wasn’t so bad, was it? Nein! (pronounced ‘nine’).

3 Responses to “Top 10 difficult wine names”

  1. Ewan Murray says:

    Call me pedantic … and many do 😉 … but personally I’d go for:
    bear-un-ouse-ley-seh
    trocken-bear-un-ouse-ley-seh
    shpate-boorg-oonder
    geh-vuertz-trah-mee-ner

  2. Okay, so how do we pronounce, “Naoussa?”

  3. Christophe Mercier says:

    Difficult exercise by Lucy Jenkins, I guess…

    Try to type in Bourgeuil in Google Translate, make sure you translate from French, click on the audio button, and you’ll get the right sound.

    Not being a native English speaker, I am not sure how to pronounce “bor-guhy”… so I typed it in Google Translate, picked English, then clicked on the audio button…. and had a good laugh!

    Where has the phonetic alphabet gone? Not taught in schools anymore, oh well, thanks to Google Translate, there is no need for it anymore!

    Merci Lucy (for the good laugh!)

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